commenting as I'm reading thru. . .
Was so excited to see another report on the Japanese parks, and the trip in general.. since I've never been overseas, so always dying of curiosity on how things work.
-- Fantastic Start, but can you elaborate on the room you 1st checked into? you said you were surprised but prepared for it. Was it smaller than you were expecting? larger? just curious. I'm assuming from context it was a smallish room, but clean, so you were pleased?
-- also wondering about your comments regarding using the ATMs. Did you not bring along much cash and then convert at the Airport? or did you just find it easier to use the ATMs? Glad it got worked out so you didn't have to keep fighting with the machines.
-- Fantastic pictures of the park (and Diving Coaster Vanish), and super smart of you to take a picture of the Train Station (reminds me of one of my friends who 1st thing upon getting on a cruise is to take a picture of his Cabin Number, so he won't get lost in the wee hours when heading back to the room).
I always knew Japan is super efficient from reading Robb/Elissa's official Trip Reports (or Chucks),but how cool is that display of what the food looks like before you order!
-- ahahaha. . love the Cup Noodles museum! I always go to World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, so this would be right up my alley. Looks like you had a fun time there.
-- Blue Fall and Booze cafe! that's a whole lot of win right there. and the visit to the temple at night looks gorgeous.
-- great call on trying the smaller local place (over Denny's). . . I too likely would have prepared it "wrong", but I love that the menu is in English too (with a picture!), and that the waiter was so polite to explain how to correctly do it.
That must be major culture shock for those from the USA (tho the Canadian folks I know are always very polite, so y'all are likely used to politeness)
GREAT start.. can't wait to continue reading along.